Welcome to the New York City Department of Education Guidance Portal, dedicated to the sharing of resources for school counselors, social workers, SAPIS, partner professionals and school community members supporting student success!  We thank you for visiting the Guidance Portal regularly. For inquiries, please email

Office of Guidance and School Counseling

The Office of Guidance and School Counseling (OGSC) builds the capacity of school counselors in New York City to positively impact students' academic success, social emotional development, and post-secondary planning.  Guided by the standards of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), New York State Learning Standards, and Common Core Learning Standards, school counselors deliver a comprehensive program, which supports all students to be effective learners and contributing members of the school community.


Chancellor's Address to School Counselors
Chancellor Carmen Fariña greatly values the work of school counselors and school social workers.  The Chancellor delivered a welcome back address for school counselors and school social workers on August 26.  

Watch the video

Participants explored counseling strategies for meeting the NYC Department of Education's vision.   Please see the NYC DOE Capacity Framework for Great Schools for additional information.  

Additional announcements including important information from the Office of Student Enrollment 
are available here.

Counselor Connections

The Office of Guidance and School Counseling is thrilled to present its new publication, Counselor Connections.  This bi-monthly newsletter is designed to keep school counselors, social workers, and SAPIS connected to important policies, resources and opportunities that directly impact their work with students, families, and educators.  Between editions, please visit the Guidance Portal routinely.  We hope that through these two channels of direct communication guidance personnel will feel connected to the larger counseling community here in the NYC Department of Education, as well as to national and state efforts.

new! Counselor Connections: May/June 2015 is now available. The focus of this edition is cultivating youth leadership.

Comprehensive School Counseling

School counselors are a unique group of educators who collaborate with all members of the school community to provide comprehensive support services with the goal of positively impacting the academic achievement, postsecondary preparedness, and personal-social development of New York City public school students.

1.  Academic Planning: ensuring that students, families, and the entire school community are familiar with promotion and graduation standards, and that students pursue a rigorous instructional program aligned to their academic needs.  

2.  Postsecondary Planning: ensuring that students and families are aware of the range of secondary and postsecondary schools and programs available, and have the opportunity to plan for and make informed choices regarding their secondary and post-secondary pathways.    

3.  Personal-Social Development: ensuring that all students have the opportunity to develop their social-emotional competencies, make positive contributions to the school and surrounding community, and become equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to support a healthy and productive future.

For further information, please see the following materials, which have been prepared by the NYC Department of Education in collaboration with the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) Guidance Chapter:

School Counselors in NYC Public Schools brochure provides a brief, illustrative overview on the role of the school counselor.

School Counseling Frameworks presentation illustrates the function of professional school counselors within the context of contemporary comprehensive school counseling and guidance frameworks.

American School Counselor Association (ASCA)

American School Counselor Association (ASCA) supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, personal/social and career development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.

Key professional resources by ASCA include:

ASCA National Standards for Students identify and prioritize the specific attitudes, knowledge and skills that students should be able to demonstrate as a result of participating in a school counseling program.

ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors clarify the nature of ethical responsibilities held in common by school counselors, supervisors/directors of school counseling programs and school counselor educators.
Remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama at the ASCA Annual Conference --
Read her speech, or watch the video.  

Further information on ASCA, as well as additional professional associations that support the work of guidance personnel are available here.

We are continually updating the Guidance Portal and welcome suggestions for improvement!  Please e-mail comments, questions, and suggestions to